Title: The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast – Charles Kissi, Raptors 905 Assistant & Former Toronto Police Officer joins + NBA Return-to-Play Plan
Date: June 5, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In the latest edition of The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast, Eric Koreen and I are joined by Raptors 905 assistant coach and former Toronto police officer Charles Kissi to discuss anti-Black racism, possible police reform, and more.
Blake and Eric collect their thoughts after an important week of news surrounding the protests worldwide following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. The guys briefly discuss the NBA’s return to play plan before welcoming in Raptors 905 assistant coach Charles Kissi. In addition to Charles’ work with youth basketball and a Master’s degree in education, Charles was also a former officer with Toronto Police Services. He joins to provide his unique perspective on the conversation happening in Canada and the U.S. about systemic racism, and how it extends to the rest of society, including law enforcement and education. Charles discusses his reaction to the George Floyd murder and how biases make their way into the police force, the role of police in modern society and calls for a change in methods, as well as his thoughts on ways to improve relationships between local police and communities, and what led him to get into law enforcement after growing up in Regent Park.
Check it out on The Athletic.